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“FROM VOCATIONAL TRAINING TO BUSINESS SUCCESS: DAVID KANTHONGA BENEFITS FROM THE INTEGRATED RURAL DEVELOPMENT PROJECT”

“FROM VOCATIONAL TRAINING TO BUSINESS SUCCESS: DAVID KANTHONGA BENEFITS FROM THE INTEGRATED RURAL DEVELOPMENT PROJECT”

By Noel Chatepa

Kanthonga in his tailoring shop.

David Kanthonga, a young man from Chisankhwa, James Village in the area of T/A Mwaulambya is a shining example of the transformative power of vocational skills training. Through the Integrated Rural Development project being implemented in Chitipa district by Catholic Development Commission in Malawi (CADECOM) Karonga Diocese with funding from Misereor, David was able to undergo a six-month tailoring program, which has profoundly impacted his life.

Initially, David, like many other youths in his community, faced limited prospects for sustainable employment. However, the Integrated Rural Development project identified David as a promising candidate and enrolled him in a vocational skills training program.

Kanthonga working on a piece of cloth.

Upon completing his training, David was provided with a sewing machine by Father Litani from Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Chisankhwa, enabling him to start a small tailoring business. The proceeds from this venture have not only sustained his family but also allowed him to purchase a computer and printer/photocopier, diversifying his income streams.

David’s story is a testament to the effectiveness of the Integrated Rural Development project, which aims to improve the economic well-being of rural communities through sustainable agriculture, joint marketing, Assisted Natural Regeneration and small-scale income-generating activities like beekeeping, village savings and loans, and vocational skills development.

Kanthonga.

In David’s own words, “I am very thankful to CADECOM Karonga Diocese through the Integrated Rural Development Project as I was taught how to tailor uniforms, shirts and other types of clothes which has allowed me to sustain my family and purchase a computer and printer/photocopier which will diversify my income. I am very thankful.”

Kanthonga (Left) taking measurements of a customer.

David’s journey is an inspiring example of how targeted vocational training can empower individuals, unlock their potential, and transform their economic prospects. His story serves as a shining beacon, inspiring others to embrace the opportunities presented by such initiatives and strive for a brighter, more self-sufficient future.

The Rural Integrated Development project is being implemented by CADECOM Karonga Diocese in Chitipa with funding from Misereor.

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